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Resultant Set of Policy Provider (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: RSoPProv

Executable Name: RSoPProv.exe

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Resultant Set of Policy Provider service enables you to connect to a Windows Server 2003 domain controller, access the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) database for that computer, and simulate Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) for Group Policy settings. The policy settings are applied to a user or computer located in Active Directory on a Windows 2000 or later domain.

This service is used by the RsoP snap-in, and is also accessed by any client of the RSoP-Planning Mode Provider/WMI Provider. RSoP is an addition to Group Policy that makes policy implementation and troubleshooting easier. RSoP is a query engine that polls existing policy settings and planned policy settings, and then reports the results of those queries. It polls existing policy settings based on site, domain, domain controller, and organizational unit. RSoP gathers this information from the Common Information Management Object Model (CIMOM) database (otherwise known as CIM-compliant object repository) through WMI.

RSoP provides details about all policy settings that are configured by an administrator, including Administrative Templates, Folder Redirection, Internet Explorer Maintenance, Security Settings, Scripts, and Software Installation.

When policy settings are applied on multiple levels (for example, site, domain, domain controller, and organizational unit), the results can conflict. RSoP can help you determine a set of applied policy settings and their precedence (that is, the order in which policy settings are applied).

RSoP consists of two modes: planning mode and logging mode. By using planning mode, you can simulate the effect of policy settings that you want to apply to a computer and user. Logging mode reports the existing policy settings for a computer and the user that is currently logged on.

This service is used by the RsoP snap-in, and is also accessed by any client of the RsoP-Planning Mode Provider/WMI Provider.

For more information about RSoP, see the Distributed Services Guide of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (or see the Distributed Services Guide on the Web at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb633748.aspx)

If this service is stopped or disabled, RSoP planning mode simulation is unavailable on the domain controller.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Manual

Service status: Stopped

This service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

The following system components depend on this service:

None

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